The Furby was created by Dave Hampton, a former programmer at Mattel, for Tiger Electronics. Making their grand debut at the 1998 International Toy Fair, they soon made waves and became the most popular doll of the holiday season. Naturally, much price gouging and bodily injuries ensued in the quest to obtain one of these coveted items.

The Furby came in a variety of colors and designs guaranteed to satisfy any preference. For a child's toy, it was also incredibly advanced. Through a special computer chip, it could listen, communicate with other Furbies, differentiate between light and dark, go to sleep, wake up, and be fed.

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Furbies were the first successful attempt to produce and sell a domestically-aimed robot. Designed to be interactive, childlike and a surrogate playtime buddy, the Furby has become one of the most infamous and controversial toys in recent history.

How do Furbies work

Furbies can communicate with one another via an infrared port located between their eyes. Furbies start out speaking entirely "Furbish", a language with short words, simple syllables, and various other sounds. They are programmed, however, to speak less and less Furbish and more and more English as they "grow".

There was a common misconception that they repeated words that were said around them. This belief most likely stemmed from the fact that it is possible to have the Furby say certain pre-programmed words or phrases more often by petting it whenever it said these words. As a result of this myth, several intelligence agencies banned them from their offices.

A simple electric motor and a system of cams and gears close the Furby's eyes and mouth, raise its ears, and lift it off the ground in a faux display of mobility. [source: Wikipedia]

Updated: 2 May 2019

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Comments (4)
Tim - September 2, 2019
I have a boxed original furby from 1999-2000 y2k. Special limited edition. Never opened do you know how much it would be worth
Hi, I found some. Take a look on this page for value: Furby Limited Edition Y2K.
S - August 16, 2019
HiHave been trying to research what my 1999,Flamingo pink, 70/800, boxed and unused furby is valued at. Never been taken out of its box - and box is in good condition. looking on ebay and google the amounts vary greatly. any advice? wish to sell but not sure what to pitch it at. Thanks S
Difficult... What I always do is look at similar items from the same year. So have a look at this page and maybe you'll even find the same Furby you have. Then you'll more ore less an estimation of value. If you sell on eBay you could prize it high with an option to make an offer: Furby 1999.
Mike - April 21, 2018
there is a dude flooding the market with Kid Cuisine Furbys! Is there any proof that only 500 were made?!
Not sure, there are a lots of sites writing this! If we could only find some contact details from the JT Factory where they were made...
Mike - April 19, 2018
looking for Kid Cuisine Furby
Try this link: Kid Cuisine Furby.